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Bill Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio (Allocations, Performance, And Returns)

The Coffeehouse Portfolio from Bill Schultheis aims to diversify investments across stocks, REITs, and bonds.

The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio strategy can be implemented with 9 ETFs. You do not need to pick individual stocks and bonds.

Accordingly to our backtests over the past 16 years, the Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio has the following performance metrics:

• Compound annual return (CAR): 5.97%;

• Standard deviation: 13.54%;

• Maximum drawdown (MDD): 38.39%;

• Sharpe ratio (with a risk-free rate of 3%): 0.22;

• CAR/MDD ratio: 0.16.

Who Is Bill Schultheis

Schultheis grew up on a wheat farm in eastern Washington, attended Washington State University, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1982.

In 1998 Bill Schultheis created the Coffeehouse Investor in an effort to bring a simpler and smarter investment philosophy to individuals and corporations across the nation and around the world.

He has appeared regularly on Seattle’s PBS Serious Money program, is a guest contributor on NPR’s Morning Edition and wrote a syndicated investment column for eight years.

For 13 years, he worked with retail and institutional accounts for Smith Barney in Seattle, WA. For the past eight years he has been a principal and fee-only financial adviser, currently with Soundmark Wealth Management in Kirkland, WA.

When he’s not working, he can be found on the golf course, camping on Mt. Rainier, cooking in the kitchen, writing his next book, and enjoying the company of his wonderful family and friends.

What Is The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio

The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio consists of the following asset classes with their respective total weights:

Asset classWeight in the portfolio

The more detailed allocation of the Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio assets with appropriate weights:

Asset AllocationWeight
Large Cap Blend Stocks10.00%
Small Cap Blend Stocks10.00%
Large Cap Value Stocks10.00%
Small Cap Value Stocks10.00%
International Stocks10.00%

Stocks In The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio

Stocks are used as high-return securities that increase portfolio returns, but stocks are more risky and volatile than bonds. The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio includes the following types of stocks:

  • Large Cap Blend Stocks – US large-cap growth and value stocks that virtually replicate the benchmark S&P 500 stock index;
  • Small Cap Blend Stocks – US small cap growth and value stocks. Such stocks have historically outperformed large-cap stocks;
  • Large Cap Value Stocks – US large cap value stocks. Such stocks have historically outperformed growth stocks;
  • Small Cap Value Stocks – US small cap value stocks These stocks have historically outperformed growth stocks and large cap stocks;
  • International Stocks – international stocks allow you to increase diversification by reducing the overall correlation of the portfolio. International stocks are located on other continents (Europe, Asia, etc) and have low correlation with US stocks.

For stocks, we have picked these ETFs, which are well diversified, have high liquidity and a long performance history:

Portfolio SectorETF NameETF Ticker
Large Cap Blend StocksSPDR S&P 500 ETF TrustSPY
Small Cap blend StocksiShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETFIJR
Large Cap Value StocksVanguard Value Index FundVTV
Small Cap Value StocksiShares Russell 2000 Value ETFIWN
International StocksiShares MSCI EAFE ETFEFA

REITs In The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio

Real estate investment trust (REIT) stocks historically have a low correlation with the traditional stocks, such as S&P 500 stock index.

For REITs, we have picked these ETFs, which are well diversified, have high liquidity and a long performance history:

Portfolio SectorETF NameETF Ticker
REITsiShares U.S. Real Estate ETFIYR

Bonds In The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio

Bonds are used in the portfolio as low-risk, low-volatility securities that reduce the portfolio’s return but also reduce the maximum drawdown. The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio doesn’t specify bond types, so we included following types of bonds:

  • Longterm Government Bonds (20%) – long-term US treasury bonds that are highly reliable;
  • Corporate Bonds (10%) – short-term, medium-term and long-term corporate bonds that are more risky than government bonds but also have a higher yield;
  • Emerging Market Bonds (10%) – government and corporate bonds of emerging markets, which have a higher yield and higher risk than bonds of developed markets.

For bonds, we have picked these ETFs, which are well diversified, have high liquidity and a long performance history:

Portfolio SectorETF NameETF Ticker
Long-term Government BondsiShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETFTLT
Corporate BondsiShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETFLQD
Emerging Markets BondsiShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETFEMB

Backtesting Of The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio

We backtested The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio using a “buy and hold” strategy rebalancing at the beginning of each year. For backtesting, we used the ETFs we picked with the appropriate weights. Backtesting interval is from 2007 to 2023 and dividends are included.

Portfolio equity curve:

Bill Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio

Portfolio underwater curve (drawdowns):

Bill Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio backtest and performance

Portfolio monthly and annual returns:


Portfolio performance statistics compared to benchmark S&P 500 Total Return index:

Statistical MetricPortfolioS&P 500 TR
Annual Return %5.97%8.84%
Exposure %99.4%100.00%
Risk Adjusted Return %6.01%8.84%
Max. drawdown-38.39%-55.19%
Standard Deviation13.54%22.64%
Sharpe Ratio (3% risk-free)0.220.26

Conclusion On The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio

The Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio lost out to the S&P 500 TR in terms of returns, but outperformed in terms of risk. The drawdown and standard deviation of the portfolio is slightly lower than that of the S&P 500 TR index, because a significant portion of the portfolio (40%) are bond ETFs.

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